Marvel once again leads the week with several big titles, including a couple monster #1 issues! We’ll start with Avenging Spider-Man #1! It’s a brand new Spidey ongoing series, not unlike the Marvel Team-Up series of old. Sounds cool. Also look out for Point One #1, a big old one-shot that looks to lay the foundation for the Marvel Universe in 2012! Plus, Fear Itself #7.2, Battle Scars #1, Punishermax #19 (along with a new Punishermax trade), New Avengers #18, X-Men Legacy #258 and more!
From DC, it’s the second week of the third month of New 52 issues. Green Lantern #3 is obviously the big one (and deservedly so because it’s been really good), and we’re also looking at Batman and Robin #3, Resurrection Man #3, Superboy #3, Batwoman #3, Deathstroke #3 and more! We’re also excited about Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #2; the first issue was one of our favorites last month.
Finally, gotta give a shout to Rachel Rising #3. The first two issues (which we still have) were outstanding and we can’t wait to see where Terry Moore’s story goes from here.
The full list follows…
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Happy New Year, everyone! Can you believe it’s already 2012?? Feels like only yesterday it was still November 2011! Haw, haw!
Alright, enough of that tomfoolery. We’re here to do a job, and that job is of course is to give you our picks for the cool stuff on the horizon. As usual, we’ll start with Marvel Comics! Then next wee we’ll do DC, after that everything else. So let’s get to it!
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN ALPHA AND OMEGA #1 (OF 5)
Written by Brian Wood
Art by Mark Brooks, Roland Boschi
Debut issue by best-selling author Brian Wood (DMZ, Demo, DV8, Northlanders)! It’s Wolverine versus Kid Omega for dominance of the Jean Grey School. Wolverine will discover that the hardest prison to escape can be his own mind.
Writer Brian Wood has long been one of our favorites, though more for his work on independent and Vertigo titles like DMZ and Northlanders. However, one of our absolute favorite series of 2010 was the WIldStorm superhero tale DV8: Gods and Monsters, which gives us much faith that this superhero series taking place at Wolverine’s new set-up in Westchester will be very cool.
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Even Marvel’s Joe Quesada thought DC Comics would have a big September, and DC did beat Marvel. It turns out, however, that DC’s October was even bigger! DC’s Unit Share in October was 51% while their dollar share was 42%. Marvel in contrast had a Unit Share of 30% and a dollar share of 29%. The best part of this is not just how well DC is doing, but that other publishers are seeing an increase in sales as a result as well. Should make for an interesting November, wouldn’t you say?
Marvel has seemingly abandoned their Victor Von Doom mini-series that was supposed to be coming from writer Nick Spencer and the always brilliant Becky Cloonan. The book was to follow a teenage Von Doom using magic to try and save his mother’s soul in Hell. There are conflicting reports as to why they series has been nixed, but editor Alejandro Arbona who was working on this book was one of the editors laid off at Marvel recently. Not surprisingly Arbona was the editor on Iron Man 2.0, also written by Spencer, and that title is getting canceled too. It is a shame as I really wanted to read that Victor Von Doom series.
Beginning in issue #3 of Superman artist Nicola Scott will be coming on the series for a three issue stint covering issues 3, 5, and 6. Jesus Merino, the regular artist, will return for issue #4 and be on issue #7 moving forward.
Ed Brubaker and Butch Guice will be teaming for a new Winter Soldier series slated for February. I would normally say this is great, but first I have to work through my feelings of how Bucky was handled in Fear Itself and its aftermath to get over the chip I have on my shoulder. I am sure the book will be good nonetheless.
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